On The Pod: Johnny Ruffo, Talking Aussie Books and Homegrown Storytellers

by |September 9, 2022
Tell Me What to Read - Podcast
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Welcome to our weekly series covering the best episodes of the week on our podcast, Tell Me What to Read. I’m Nick Wasiliev, producer and host of the show, and content creator here at Booktopia HQ.

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This week, we sit down with Homegrown Storytellers Claire G. Coleman, Paul Daley and Kate Forsyth, chatted with Claudine Tinellis from Talking Aussie Books, and sat down with Johnny Ruffo and Tahnee Sims!


Homegrown Storytellers – Claire G. Coleman, Paul Daley & Kate Forsyth

This week, we chat with some of the best of Homegrown Storytellers, as we welcome Claire G. Coleman, Paul Daley and Kate Forsyth.

Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar writer, born in Western Australia, and now based in Naarm. Her family have been from the area around Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun on the south coast of WA since before time started being recorded. Claire wrote her black&write! Fellowship-winning book Terra Nullius while travelling around Australia in a caravan. The Old Lie (2019) was her second novel and in 2021 her acclaimed non-fiction book, Lies Damned Lies was published by Ultimo Press. Enclave is her third novel.

Paul Daley has focused his non-fiction on the yawning gaps in the story of Australia’s national birth and identity, and on the imperative of refocusing on the Indigenous historical experience. A two-time Walkley award-winning columnist for Guardian Australia who regularly writes on Indigenous affairs, he is also a short story writer, essayist and playwright.

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and has since sold more than a million copies around the world. Her books include Bitter Greens, a retelling of Rapunzel which won the 2015 American Library Association Award for Best Historical Fiction. Recently voted one of Australia’s Favourite 15 Novelists, Kate Forsyth has been called ‘one of the finest writers of this generation’.


Talking Aussie Books – Claudine Tinellis

We team up with Claudine Tinellis from Talking Aussie Books to discuss her passion for championing Australian authors, the Northern Beaches Readers Festival, and the books she’s been reading and enjoying!

Claudine is a Sydney-based writer of commercial fiction, and one-time corporate lawyer.  She lives with her husband, three children and three dogs. She loves to read and making connections with other Australian authors.


No Finish Line – Johnny Ruffo & Tahnee Sims

An incredible story of resilience and strength, we sit down with X Factor and Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo and his partner Tahnee Sims, to discuss his book No Finish Line and his battle against cancer.


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Nick is one of Booktopia's Senior Content Producers. He spends his days running Booktopia's Podcast and YouTube channel, 𝑻𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝑴𝒆 𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑻𝒐 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒅. Known as the '𝘗𝘰𝘥𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘎𝘶𝘺', he also spends his time embarassing himself on TikTok, writing novels, and chatting sport on Twitter under @Nick_Wasiliev. His debut novel, WHEN MEN CRY, was published in 2019 and reissued in 2020 through Breathe Art Holdings.

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